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Admission Requirements


Fall 2019 Class Profile

Applicants: 14,891
Enrolling first year students: 1,116
ACT (middle 50%): 24-30
SAT (middle 50%): 1160–1320 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 580-660; Math: 570-670)
GPA (middle 50%): 3.58-4.14

Test Scores

Butler University requires the SAT or ACT test for admission consideration. Students are recommended to take both exams if available, as Butler reviews the highest subscores for each test and uses your new high test score for an admission decision. Writing test scores are not required.

Butler accepts both the SAT and SAT-R, and both test versions will be considered equally in the admission process. 

Beginning in fall 2020, Butler will accept self-reported test scores. Scores may be self-reported by the student on the application for admission, submitted directly from testing services, or included on an official high school transcript. If self-reported, students are required to have official scores sent from the testing service or from the high school on an official transcript by July 1 prior to summer or fall admission or December 1 prior to spring admission. 

The test score requirement is waived for students enrolling five or more years after graduating from high school.

We encourage you to submit all test scores, regardless of where you’re at in the admission process. For applicants that apply early action or regular decision, you can continue to send additional scores to us through February 1. You will be notified If your new scores result in any additional merit aid.

SAT Code: 1073

ACT Code: 1180

High School Coursework

The classes you take in high school and the grades you earn are important factors in the college admission decision. Prospective first-year students, regardless of major, are expected to have the following academic preparation:

  • English: 4 years
  • Mathematics: 3 years
  • Laboratory Science: 3 years
  • Social Studies/History: 2 years
  • Foreign Language: 2 years of the same language

Intended Natural Sciences, Pharmacy, Computer Science, Engineering, or Mathematics majors should have additional units in science and math.

Students who successfully complete advanced courses in high school are eligible for advance course placement at Butler, with appropriate academic credit. For details on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits, please contact the Office of Admission.